2018 Bendigo Writers Festival tickets go on sale this week

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Now in its seventh year, the 2018 Bendigo Writers Festival will welcome more than 150 writers for a packed program of 100 events across three days in six venues.

Held from August 10 to 12, the festival will feature international guests including street-farm pioneer Michael Ableman, bestselling creator of television series Vera and Shetland Ann Cleeves, investigative journalist Carey Gillam, novelist and essayist Matt Haig, North Korean refugee advocate Hyeonseo Lee, writer and peace advocate Sarah Sentilles and performer, poet and education ambassador Lemn Sissay.

Festival highlights include:

    • Festival Prelude Dinner at Fortuna Villa with Time-Travel historian Tom Griffiths
    • Festival Friday Night in Ulumbarra Theatre – ‘Let’s Get Curious’ with Benjamin Law, Ann Cleeves, Gareth Evans, Morris Gleitzman and Jenny Graves
    • Festival Saturday Night in Ulumbarra Theatre – ‘A Woman’s Place’ with Lindy Burns, Timmah Ball, Nadia Jamal, Sarah Sentilles and Tracey Spicer
    • Festival Closing Event – ‘Burning Bridges’ with Kitty Flanagan     

Other festival guests include Michael Brissenden, Helen Caldicott, Tim Costello, Robyn Davidson, Bryan Dawe, Ben Doherty, Cordelia Fine, John Flanagan, Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts, Alannah Hill, Sofie Laguna, Jeanine Leane, Emily Maguire, Lorraine Marwood, Janelle McDonald, Alex Miller, Bruce Pascoe, Henry Reynolds, Michael Robotham, Drew Rooke, Michelle Scott Tucker, Chloe Shorten, Charlotte Wood and Ellen van Neerven

This year the festival will include a ‘Fair Share’ in Trades Hall on Sunday August 12, for information on small press and self-publishing, which will feature a Giant Book Swap in partnership with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Special Bendigo-focused events include ‘Creative Bendigo’, a free community session hosted by Mayor Margaret O’Rourke with guests David Astle and Marcus Westbury, and an ‘Edible Bendigo’ panel discussion about how to create a ‘city of gastronomy’.

For the full program go to www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au or get your printed copy in Friday’s Bendigo Weekly.  Tickets go on sale on Friday June 22.

The festival is a City of Greater Bendigo initiative supported by La Trobe University. For information and bookings contact The Capital box office on (03) 5434 6100.

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